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  • FIRST-PERSON: Googling autism & the church

    by DeAnna Gibson, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (4 months ago)

    In googling autism from a family perspective, DeAnna Gibson found that their struggles made churchgoing futile or, as she was experiencing, extremely difficult, underscoring the importance of churches connecting with special needs families. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: He's listening to a story about Jesus

    by Laura Hurd, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Because God has "so lovingly poured out His care for this special needs mama," Laura Hurd recounts the grace and mercy she is learning to give her autistic child. "Autism will forever be full of surprises," she writes, "but so will my heavenly Father." Read More

  • Iceland Down syndrome abortions called 'a tragedy'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (BP) -- Southern Baptists involved with special needs ministry are lamenting a report that virtually 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Individuals with special needs, the ministry leaders say, are made in God's image and bring unique giftedness to churches and society.

    Iceland's abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is "a tragedy," said Tracy McElhattan, a Kansas children's ministry professional who holds a Ph.D. in special education. Read More

  • Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Stephanie Boone
    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone's kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together.

    Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone's life rather than just volunteering for a few hours, which she still does and enjoys.

    So Boone came up with the idea to host a cooking class for those with special needs at her home in Edmond, where she and her husband are members of Oakdale Baptist Church. Read More

  • Special needs people spotlighted as 'hidden,' 'forgotten'

    by Shannon Baker, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    BOWIE, Md. (BP) -- When Amberle Brown was a child, she wanted to be a martyr for Jesus, or at the least, a missionary to an unreached people group. She never imagined she would one day become part of one.

    "I became a nurse as a way to gain access to closed countries," Brown recounted at the second annual Special Needs Conference this past spring, sponsored by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D). Read More

  • Special needs ministries convey love for all people

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Faith Pineda
    JERSEY VILLAGE, Texas (BP) -- "Can I come to your church and bring my special needs child?"

    The question prompted Nancy Bergeron to launch a new Sunday School class at Jersey Village Baptist Church not long after she began serving as children's minister five years ago.

    "I said, 'Absolutely. We'll make room and do whatever we can to minister.'" Read More

  • 'Night to Shine' elevates special needs royalty

    by Brandy Crase/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Life Community Church
    OWENSBORO, Ky. (BP) -- More than 100 people with special needs attended the Night to Shine in Owensboro, Ky., an event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation the weekend before Valentine's Day.

    The ladies were adorned in sparkling dresses and the men were decked out in tuxedos as the evening they had been awaiting with great anticipation came to fruition. Flashes of photography and cheers from the crowd created a wave of excitement as the honored guests, each accompanied by a volunteer "buddy," strolled the red carpet Feb. 10. Read More

  • Special needs children & their families

    by Joy Fisher, posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In theory, everyone is welcome at church. In practice, that's not always true for some children. And when parents feel their child isn't welcome, the entire family often stays home.

    The term "special needs" describes people who have developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, physical challenges, and social or emotional differences. Children with special needs as well as their parents and siblings benefit from being part of a church family for the same reasons all families do. Read More

  • Harp's 'angel music' reaches autistic youth

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Amy Long
    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Vivian Hardin, an 18-year-old with autism, was sitting in the balcony at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark., when church member Pat Qualls played the harp during a worship service. Hardin, in awe, whispered to her mother, "angel music."

    After the service, Hardin's mother introduced her to Qualls and let her look at the harp. The girl indicated she would love to learn to play.

    God impressed on Qualls' heart in the weeks to follow that she needed to teach Hardin to play the harp, and she shared the thought with the girl's mother, Teresa Hardin Read More